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Episode: 3930 - Friday 24th December 2004
A message from Seth

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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Cain gets Debbie to dupe Charity for cash.
Christmas Eve spells a trip to the cells for Eric but will Val and Diane help him out?
Lesley proves a nightmare for a hot under the collar Rodney.

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The locals gather round in the Woolpack as a thrilled Betty (Paula Tilbrook) receives a g’day message from Seth (Stan Richards) in Australia, courtesy of Len (Peter Martin) and a laptop.

Over in Leeds, a lonely and increasingly drunken Pollard (Chris Chittell) finds himself in an awkward position when he goes to pay his bill and finds his wallet has gone missing. Threatened with the police unless he pays, Pollard is forced to call Val (Charlie Hardwick) for help. A triumphant Val swoops in enjoying her moment of power and explains she will take her husband home to give him his medication!

Later on, Pollard reveals he will be alone for Christmas and Val suggests that they spend Christmas Eve together at the hotel and go to Jack (Clive Hornby) and Diane’s (Elizabeth Estensen) for Christmas Day. Is this the beginning of a blossoming friendship?

Back at the Woolpack, Lesley (Sherrie Hewson) is in hot pursuit of a terrified Rodney (Patrick Mower) who becomes increasingly anxious as Paul (Mathew Bose) leaves them alone together. As Lesley edges towards him, will Rodney have a Merry Christmas?

Elsewhere, after finding that Charity (Emma Atkins) won’t take his calls, Cain (Jeff Hordley) enlists Debbie’s (Charley Webb) help. He tells his daughter that he is in desperate need of money and that he might have to beg Charity for a hand out.

Later that day, Debbie meets Charity and convinces her that Cain is in serious trouble and needs her help more than ever. Charity agrees to meet Cain after Christmas, but will he really go through with framing his former lover?

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Lesley makes it clear to Paul that she’s interested in Rodney. Later, in the Woolpack, Rodney is embarrassed as Lesley drops a number of heavy-handed hints. Mischievously Paul leaves Rodney alone with Lesley claiming that he has to go home and finish making dinner. Lesley tells Rodney that she is still looking for someone to replace Simons’s father and hasn’t given up hope of finding her soul mate. She clasps Rodney’s hands to her and tells him that she has a feeling that this is going to be a very special Christmas.
Cain confesses to Debbie that he’s failed to come up with the money he owes. He admits that he’s been trying in vain to get hold of Charity because he’s so desperate that he’s prepared to go to her for money. Debbie offers to speak to her mother for him. Cain asks Debbie to get Charity to meet him at a hotel near Hotten because he doesn’t want her coming to see him at Butler’s Farm in case she gets in trouble with Tom on the eve of their wedding. Charity is dismayed when Debbie explains that Cain wants to see her because he’s in trouble.
Diane enjoys her time with Val so much that she invites her sister to spend Christmas with them. Meanwhile, Eric Pollard finds himself in an embarrassing predicament. After polishing off two bottles of vintage wine he discovers that his wallet is missing. In desperation he calls the hotel and asks for Val, telling the receptionist she is his wife. Val goes to his rescue. Eric confesses that he is spending Christmas by himself. Val invites Eric to spend Christmas with them and suggests to Eric that they begin their Christmas back in his room.
Zak and Shadrach face up to the chilling prospect of a booze free Christmas. Marlon suggests that they give Rodney a try. Zak replies that Rodney is a friend and a neighbour and also has a double padlock on his shed door… Zak and Marlon’s prayers are answered when Marlon returns to the Dingle homestead with a car full of booze, kindly donated by their fellow angler Alan Turner.
After making sure that Rodney gave her a handsome Christmas tip Betty heads to the Woolpack and hits the sweet sherry with Pearl and Edna. Just as the ladies are about to leave Len arrives and insists that they have a drink with him while he sets up a laptop on the bar. He has a surprise for Betty and plays a Christmas message from Seth on the computer. Seth ends his message from down under by asking Betty to sing Silent Night with him and her friends and neighbours join in.

 

Credits

CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANC

Diane Sugden Elizabeth Estensen
Val Lambert Charlie Hardwick
Eric Pollard Christopher Chittell
Lesley Meredith Sherrie Hewson
Betty Eagleton Paula Tilbrook
Paul Lambert Mathew Bose
Rodney Blackstock Patrick Mower
Debbie Dingle Charley Webb
Andy Sugden Kelvin Fletcher
Cain Dingle Jeff Hordley
Edna Birch Shirley Stelfox
Chas Dingle Lucy Pargeter
Shadrach Dingle Andy Devine
Zak Dingle Steve Halliwell
Marlon Dingle Mark Charnock
Pearl Ladderbanks Meg Johnson
Stuart Marks Gez Casey
Charity Tate Emma Atkins
Jack Sugden Clive Hornby
Hotel Receptionist Richard Kay
Lisa Dingle Jane Cox
Len Reynolds Peter Martin
Seth Armstrong Stan Richards
Louise Appleton Emily Symons
Barbershop Quartet Prime Time

This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Sarah Bagshaw, produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Tim O’Mara. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Steve Frost. It is a Granada production for ITV1.

Special Thanks to Tracey Whitton at the ITV Picture Desk Leeds

Emmerdale.org would also like to thank Michele Fawcett & Jo Cox from Emmerdale for the Production Credits.

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